KUALA LUMPUR, March 11 — The Yang di-Pertuan Agong Al-Sultan Abdullah Ri’ayatuddin Al-Mustafa Billah Shah has granted audience to former Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, who is here on a three-day official visit as as special envoy of Prime Minister Fumio Kishida, in Istana Negara today.
Istana Negara Royal Household Comptroller Datuk Ahmad Fadil Shamsuddin said during the meeting which started at 3:30 p.m. Al-Sultan Abdullah also awarded the honorary doctorate in political economy to Abe, in conjunction with the 36th convocation of the International Islamic University Malaysia (IIUM). Ceremony tomorrow.
“Her Majesty congratulates His Excellency Shinzo Abe on being awarded the Honorary Doctorate in Political Economy from IIUM.
“Her Majesty also congratulates His Excellency Shinzo Abe and the Japanese government on the occasion of the 40th anniversary of the Malaysian Look East Policy (LEP) and the 65th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between Malaysia and Japan,” a- he said in a statement.
Foreign Minister Datuk Seri Saifuddin Abdullah, Secretary General of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Tan Sri Muhammad Shahrul Ikram Yaakob, IIUM President Tan Sri Mohd Daud Bakar, Chairman of the Organizing Committee of the 36th Convocation of the ‘IIUM, Professor Ahmad Faris Ismail, as well as officials from the Japanese Embassy in Kuala Lumpur.
Ahmad Fadil said it was Al-Sultan Abdullah’s second meeting with Abe, after the first at the Imperial Palace in Tokyo when His Majesty attended the enthronement ceremony of the 126th Emperor of Japan, the Emperor Naruhito, October 23, 2019.
Ahmad Fadil also said Abe’s special visit to the country reflected the close relations and cooperation in various fields between Malaysia and Japan.
“The implementation of LEP over four decades has brought enormous benefits, especially in the aspects of human capital development, trade and investment between the two countries,” he said.
In 2021, Japan was Malaysia’s fourth largest trading partner with a bilateral trade value of RM149 billion.
As of September 2021, Japan was the largest investor based on the number of implemented projects in the manufacturing sector with a total value of RM91.7 billion. — Bernama